If you’re new to living in Greenville, SC, then you might be under the false impression that the only food in the South is fried chicken and biscuits. After exploring the city for just a night or two, you’ll quickly realize that that’s not the case. Dining in Greenville, SC can actually take you on a trip around the globe, as eateries offer everything from fresh seafood to French fare. See our guide of the best spots to grab some grub in your new hometown.
Southern Fare, Reinvented: Soby’s
Recently crowned OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice for 2015, Soby’s revamps classic Southern cuisine. Its building may date back to the 1800s, but the fare is much more contemporary. That much is evident in Soby’s version of fried green tomatoes, which comes with Pimento cheese fondue, blackened haricot verts, and crispy carrots. Customers love the fried green tomatoes, as well as the barbecue shrimp and grits and the crab cakes with sweet corn maque choux.
Barbecue with a Riverfront View: Smoke On the Water
A brick fireplace; an exposed ceiling; a large, open industrial space. These are the distinguishing features of the dining room at Smoke on the Water, a modern barbecue joint that, unsurprisingly, overlooks Reedy River. Smoke on the Water really leans into Southern fare classics, offering up a menu of meats slow-smoked over a sweet mix of hardwoods. The pulled pork wins over the taste buds of many diners—perhaps because it’s rubbed down in the eatery’s “secret” blend of spices and cooked overnight.
Peek Inside the Curing Room: Bacon Bros Public House
Bacon Bros Public House’s head chef Anthony Gray doesn’t mind if customers know the secrets behind his contemporary version of comfort food. That’s why a viewing window is built right into his curing room. Guests are welcome to peek at the meats that hang inside, destined for Chef Anthony’s creative plates. Sample a few of them on a meat board with components handpicked by the chef himself. Salami, coppa, and pancetta might all end up on your board—but there’s no way to know. You can also dig into a full entrée of meat or seafood, and wash it all down with a glass of wine or craft beer.
Take a Tapas Tour of the Mediterranean: The Lazy Goat
Spain and France. Italy and Greece. Africa, Morocco, the Middle East. These regions all inspire chefs at The Lazy Goat. With the Mediterranean in mind, they take the people of Virginia on a culinary tour—especially if you decide on tapas. The toasted garlic shrimp and Moroccan lamb with pita bread are both popular small plates at The Lazy Goat. Piece together an exotic smorgasbord from the tapas list or dig into a full entrée. Either way, you can wash down your meal with a glass of wine, a craft beer, or a fun cocktail with fresh fruit.
More than 100 Beers on Tap: The Trappe Door
If all you really want after a long day of work is a frosty beer, then a trip to The Trappe Door is in order. Inspired by the long history of craft brews established by Belgium, The Trappe Door promises somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 beers on draft every day. The list contains every type of beer, from Trappist ales to lambics, so virtually every beer-lover should be happy with the selection. Plus, The Trappe Door dishes out gastropub fare to accompany the suds—try the moules frites.